Before coming to the final conclusion about whether or not there is a beneficial link between oral irrigation and gum health, you need to know one thing first. You see, some people are not really sure what oral irrigation is. If you do not know the term, then you cannot be expected to understand what it can do for you, your teeth, and your gums.
Basically, oral irrigation is the process of cleaning away any debris on, from, and in between your teeth. There are a number of devices on the market which can help you do this. They are known as oral irrigators
. Most of the companies which make tooth brushes, toothpastes, floss, and so on, have some type of oral irrigation device on the market as well.
These devices are quite unlike dental floss or dental tape. They utilize a stream, or jet, of water to clean your teeth and gums. At a high – but safe – pressure, a strong water jet will be able to fit between the teeth better than tape or floss. Indeed, for people whose teeth are crowded in and placed close to one another, it can be quite hard to successfully use dental floss. Some people would prefer a portable oral irrigator – it is a matter of personal choice.
As well, water is generally gentler on your gums. You do not risk getting a little too enthusiastic and cutting your gums, or making the tissue irritated and sore.
Due to the growing prevalence of gum disease, people are looking for effective ways to keep their teeth and gums clean. Water is a safe, gentle substance no matter which way you slice it. Thus an oral irrigator
is able to effectively but safely clean in between teeth. They can eliminate the debris and bacteria which ultimately lead to gum disease.
Because gum disease is not only bad for your teeth and gums but can also ultimately lead to more severe health problems, it pays to have good oral hygiene. Oral irrigation can help you do that.
Disclaimer: If you have or think you might have gum disease or some other type of health problem, visit your periodontist or doctor for advice, diagnosis and treatment. The USFDA has not evaluated statements about any products in this article.